Symbolism in Oedipus the King


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What is a symbol?

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1. What do eyes symbolize in Oedipus the King?

2. What does the crossroads represent in Oedipus the King?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet analyzes the symbolism present in Oedipus the King. You'll be evaluated on how well you understand the element of a symbol in general as well as the significance of the symbols found within the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet contains questions looking at the following elements of the play:

  • The definition of symbol
  • What eyes and the crossroads symbolize in the play
  • The significance of Oedipus' ankles
  • The subtextual importance of Oedipus blinding himself with Jocasta's pins

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you've drawn key information from the lesson on instances of symbolism within the play
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read insight into the symbolic meaning in the play and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define symbol in a literary context

Additional Learning

To study this facet of the play in more detail, you can review the corresponding lesson titled Symbolism in Oedipus the King. This lesson covers the following learning objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with key quotes from the play
  • Understand how authors use symbols
  • Look beneath the surface of several symbolic aspects of the story